Favorites: Epson 3880 Advanced Black and White Printing

In Black and White Photography, Hardware, Software on March 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Epson 3880

As we have previously noted our favorite digital printer for Black and White fine art prints under 22” width is the: Epson 3880.

One issue has been the lack of ICC profiling for the Advanced Black and White (ABW) mode of printing.

Now you can experiment with new ABW ICC profiles from Eric Chan who previously developed a suite of 3800 profiles. Pick from several papers and give them a try. We found them to require some lighter tone adjustment, on our test paper, but we look forward to your results.

I have begun building ABW profiles for the newer Epson Stylus Pro 3880 model (which uses the UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink set, and has a newer screening method and different driver behavior). These profiles should produce good results on a 3880, but in general will not perform well with other printer models (e.g., R2880, 3800, 4880, etc.). Different models use different inks and/or different screening methods. It doesn’t hurt to try these profiles with other models, but please be aware that the tonality may be significantly off (e.g., your prints may come out way too light or way too dark).

For more information: Eric Chan

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